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The Power Glove and the Preservation of Esports History

"Legends of Esports" is a feature series that can give even the most veteran of gaming journalists nervousness. The people you write about are legendary in their rights and deserve to be in the spotlight given to them.


How they come into the industry, what they do with their time and where they want to take themselves in the future vary because Black gamers are not a monolith.


Isaiah TriForce Johnson has been a gamer since he was four years old. He regularly tells other game journalists about growing up playing in the arcades of his neighborhood, down to where he can remember the addresses.


"It was a part of my childhood growing up...those things get imprinted on you," Johnson told Black eSports Network in an interview. "Those things aren't easily forgotten."


His time in the video gaming industry crosses over his entire life. Playing at a young age meant competing at a young age too. When he was younger, he was bestowed a Nintendo Power Glove by nine-year-old Kevin, who ran his local gamer community. Since then, he's had 17 Power Gloves altogether but has yet to reunite with Kevin, his predecessor.


"I haven't seen Kevin since the 80s," Johnson said. "The 16 [Power Gloves] are all autographed by luminary gamers of the time. So, guys like Walter Day...Justin Wong...these are all signed by gaming champions of the last 40 years."